THERMOSTAT V THERMOMETER
WHAT YOU SET IS WHAT YOU GET
A thermometer reflects the temperature of the environment. It simply reacts to what’s happening around it. If the temperature is hot, it tells you so. If it’s cold, the thermometer reflects that reality as well.
A thermostat regulates the environment. It sets the desired temperature of the room and actively works to maintain it within a given range. If the temperature rises above the goal, the thermostat signals the air conditioner to crank up and cool the room down. If the temperature falls below the goal, the thermostat causes the heater to turn on in order to warm the room up.
Are you a Thermometer in your work environment, do you react to your surroundings?
When the tension gets high and you are on edge, do you lose your cool? Do you become irritable, harsh, demanding, critical, impatient, and maybe even lose your temper and yell.
Are you a Thermostat, constantly having a pulse on the morale, productivity, stress level, and environmental conditions of those around you?
When the temperature gets hot because you are under pressure of a heavy workload, resources are scarce, or pending deadlines are causing stress, do you act as the calming influence. Do you alleviate pressure by mixing in some lighthearted fun at opportune times?
Thermostat people build trust and confidence, whereas Thermometer people erode trust.
So which one are you? Do you merely react to the people, difficulties and circumstances that come your way in the work place? Or when something bad happens, do you take a deep breath, examine the situation and then CHOOSE your reaction?